Mere Way, Ruddington NG11 6JS

The Great Central Railway is a heritage railway and Transport Museum in Ruddington, a small village just south of Nottingham. After British Rail closed the lines in the mid-20th century, it was preserved by railway enthusiasts who have turned it into one of Nottingham’s top attractions.

The Great Central Railway prides itself on using only vintage steam and diesel locomotives. The volunteers work hard to restore the engines on site, so visitors can see the restoration in action.

The goal of the heritage steam and diesel services is to recreate the experience of train travel from days gone by. Back when the railway was more than just a way to travel from one place to another.

Ruddington Fields is the main station on the line and the home of the Great Central Railway Transport Museum. It features a road transport building, locomotive sheds, Great Central Railway signal box, miniature and model railways, cafe, visitor centre, toilets and car park.

The heritage railway offers almost 10 miles of track running through the countryside of South Nottinghamshire and North-West Leicestershire. Journeys begin at Ruddington and continue through East Leake to Loughborough and back again.

The trains feature on-board catering. Many services have a first-class buffet car that serves a range of hot and cold beverages and snacks for your journey.

The railway works hard to meet the needs of family visitors. Many coaches have enhanced facilities and space for prams, pushchairs and baby buggies in the seating areas where parents can keep a watchful eye, as well as wide doors to facilitate boarding.

Entirely staffed by volunteers, all income is used to preserve railway and transport heritage for future generations. The Great Central Railway Nottingham is one of Nottingham’s leading attractions for enthusiast and newcomers alike.